Computer Science 4 High Schools – welcome session

Purpose of CS4HS

  • vision for teaching
  • specific ideas for new standard
  • peer support
  • networking
  • refreshment

Environment

  • respectful safe environment
  • ow to work with what we’ve got
  • encourage and build each other up
  • presenters are volunteers
  • no question is too simple

Why CS4HS?

  • students don’t know what C is
  • employers can’t meet demand
  • best jobs – conditions, prospects
  • students need to find if its for them
  • not previously taught in schools

Teachers are the Lynchpin!!

Paper: Adoption of CS in NZ High Schools

NZACDITT Computing at School / Computer Science Teachers Assn – csta.acm.org

Binary Exercise – 10110 = 22 (was someones birthday!)

Student Story – Hayley van Waas @hayleyavw

Computer Science 4 High Schools – Beginners Talk

Beginners’ Talk – Tim Bell

Introduction for those who have not attended CS4HS before; we’ll go over what Computer Science is, why it is being taught in high school, and look at the big picture of how to get up to speed for teaching it. If you have attended CS4HS before, the C-block Foyer has room to chat with other teachers.

Made with Code – Erica

Has talked about girls in CS, how they are getting better results then boys in NCEA CS. And of course the shortage and therefore need to get women into CS & tech.

Experienced teachers very important in the teaching of CS in NZ schools!

Activity – THE PARITY MAGIC TRICK – http://www.csfieldguide.org.nz/ErrorControlCoding.html (student guide)

COMPLEXITY AND TRACTABILITY – http://www.csfieldguide.org.nz/ComplexityTractability.html

Skills needed by employers

  • logical thinking
  • communication
  • team work
  • critical, independent thinking

Impostor Syndrome

  • 70% people
  • particularly women
  • more success, more is reinforced
  • reluctant to say
  • actually – none of us know all bout CS!

“The greatest tragedy I know of is that so many young people never discover what they really want to do”.  Edna Kerr (quoted by Dale Carnegie)

NCEA Digital Technologies as preparation for studying Computer Science at University

#edchatnz and principal challenge!

Thursday 3 July, one day till end of time and has been a fabulous #edchatnz session. So cool having so many educators so enthusiastic just before the end of term.

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If you don’t know what it is have a look, get involved and get excited!! You can connect thru the Twitter hashtag #edchatnz, following @edchatnz, following the founder @MissDtheTeacher, blog – http://www.edchatnz.blogspot.co.nz/, and Google +.

Challenge stated with this Twitter conversation:

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Really like this idea as leaders have such an influence over how the rest of the school acts, develops and flows.

And have just remembered that there were already two of four SMT (the DPs) on Twitter and actually I encouraged two that are acting to get on. But they are all pretty quiet. How can I encourage them to engage in Twitter and build their own PLN?

Now, how can I hook my principal in? Maybe find out what she is really interested in at the moment to do with education, the school?

Got any ideas to help me lead change? Please leave your idea or tweet me!

Byte Me! New tech / computer club at school

All of this year I have been wanting to start a computer club at school. I teach at an all girls’ school and feel that it is important that there is a space for those girls who are computer geeks! Or at least interested in learning more about everything digital.

So, I finally got around to making a poster and advertising it. Had the first session last week where about 15 girls turned up (plus a few more who emailed as they couldn’t make it). This session was a brainstorm session of ideas of what they wanted to do in the club, names for the club (they come up with Byte Me -which I think is great! Our Moodle site at school is called WGC4me) and how they could contribute to the club. They had heaps of ideas from websites, making games, programming, to guest speakers they would like to get in.

I thought it would be a good idea to start with something interesting but reasonably basic, so the next session is going to be creating a website with HTML. Now the cool thing with this is that as we are a Google Apps school, not only can you use Google Drive to host websites, there is also an app in the Chrome Store called Neutron Drive, where you can edit your html files and save and your site which is updated straight away! You can also share these files with others!

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You can easily change the URL that Google Drive creates at the moment but there are some work arounds I found searching on Google. However, with just getting students started I think this is going to be really cool, straight away they can have a site that they can share with others!

I am also using Neutron Drive to create and host the Byte Me website. It is going to be very basic to start with as I want the development of it to be a collaborative project that students in the club take on. Exciting!

So, what do you think? Any comments?

Also, are you a woman in the IT / digital industry that would be keen to be a guest speaker? Are you someone who could run a session in something?

 

 

Traffic light self assessment system – geddit?!

I’ve just found this site – http://letsgeddit.com/ – that seems a good tech replacement for the old traffic light paper system. A few year ago when I was teaching Year 11 Physical Education and anatomy and biomechanics, another teacher introduced me to using the traffic light system. You would have a sheet with terms or questions on one side and a column on the other and students needed to colour the empty column in with the colour that reflected how well they understood the term or question – e.g. red if the didn’t at all, green if they were sweet with it.

I am no longer teaching anatomy or Y11 PE but I straight away thought I could use this in Digital Technology, firstly with my juniors learning Scratch – to get a quick gauge of those that have used it before or not. And as we progress through the teaching and learning, checking in with where they are at with understanding Scratch as well as where they are at with their project. Oh I think this could work quite well. And with seniors learning HTML and programming etc.

Here is the page on how to get started – http://letsgeddit.com/public/articles/how-do-I-run-my-first-lesson.

I will have to have a bit more of a think about how to use in Physical Education and Health.

Have you come across geddit? How do you use it?

Keen to hear what other people are using – do you use something similar? If so, what and how?

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